Hall of Fame Class of 2021

Players

Hannah Pfersch ’20

She was a founding member who played and captained the team through its first three years (both fall and spring). In her time, she led the team to a 3rd place finish in 15s and a state championship in D1 7s. She scored the team’s first regular season try and first hat trick in any competition. She won teammate of the year in 2017 and forward of the year for three straight years, 2017-2019. She won WGR all-state honors all three seasons she played and was named MVP of the 2018 WGR 3rd place match. She went on to captain the Wisconsin All-Stars JV team in her first campaign and captained their varsity team when they went undefeated at USA Rugby’s Midwest regional. She played for USA Rugby U-18 in games against Canada. She helps at spring practices, and she also started the tag rugby program at Templeton. She is currently the general manager of Hamilton’s tag rugby program. She currently plays for Quinnipiac University, winners of three of the last four national championships.

Morgan Price ’19

She played center in just one fall 15s season her senior year, but it was a dominant season that saw her score the game winning try against the defending national champions, CMH, in a 7s game in front of the school on Grove Field. Her team-leading two tries in the 3rd place game at 15s state helped Hamilton to its best finish in 15s rugby. She was 2018’s MVP back, rookie of the year, and named to the WGR all-state team. She set a team record with 18 tackles in a playoff game (CMH, 10/19) and led the team in tries scored in her only season. She went on to win the Midwest Regional Cup with the Wisconsin All-Star team and was invited to and attended the U-18 USA Rugby camp. She was recruited by nearly every collegiate rugby powerhouse. She has played rugby at UW-Madison.

Elise Rades ’19

She played a fall and spring season where she used her speed and leadership as the scrum half of sides that won 3rd place in 15s and a state championship in D1 7s. She had a try in the 7s game to defeat the national champion CMH team at Grove Field. She is the only player in team history to have scored multiple career tries against CMH’s varsity side. Her ability to slip through holes in the defense made her the leading scorer on the 2018 D1 7s team. She also won the 2018 All-Star senior award, MVP of the 2018 WGR 3rd place game, and WGR all-state honors. She coached tag at Menomonee Falls and helps coach Hamilton in the spring. She currently plays for Colorado State and Oconomowoc Rugby.

Builders

Barry Holloway

He started the team at Hamilton and led the team as the head coach in its first two seasons. He finished his head coaching career with a 15s record of 8-4 in regular/post-season games and 4-1 in 7s games. He coached six all-state players and led the team to a 3rd place finish at the 2018 WGR 15s state tournament. After promoting himself to general manager, he oversaw the hiring of the team’s first female coaches to promote equity within the team’s leadership. In his two years as GM, he has overseen one major rebranding effort, several sponsorships, the addition of a tag and alumni program, and the team’s largest number of players. The program had 85 girls/women play with the Hamilton name on their jersey during the 2020-2021 school year, becoming the largest high school rugby program in the state and the largest girls’ team in the school. This growth has helped the team win its third state championship in 7s rugby. He currently serves as the president of Wisconsin Girls’ Rugby and is a founding member of Wisconsin Youth Rugby. Under his leadership, he has been able to help grow the number of girls’ teams and number of female coaches and refs within the state.

Katie “Mac” McNeil

She was hired to run the team’s 7s program in 2018. Under her reign, the team has won two D1 7s state championships and one D2 7s state championship. As the head coach of 7s, her teams have gone 42-14-5 for a 68.8% win percentage. During her first fall season, she served as 15s forward head coach and was the co-head coach of the limited 2020 15s season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is best known for her fun, outgoing, and infectious personality in addition to her demand that her players have both quality and character. Her strengths as a coach are her well-organized practices that are both fun and developmental. She currently plays for Oconomowoc Rugby.

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